Day 12: Imagination Stands in the Road

Photo Nov 27, 2 15 33 PM

Imagination stands in the road
Perhaps a dearth of music and art
In our possible route, a challenge
Boring or shocking, light or dark
Teeming with individual pretense
Jumping for possible result

Misunderstanding as a result
When one doesn’t look on the road
Insincere attempt to please like pretense
In the gallery some paintings of famous art
And with mask he came out of the dark
Is he my hero or my nemesis, such challenge

To write or not to write, that is the challenge
Practice makes perfect and a good result
Eating chocolates such a treat, specially dark
Bright lights on Christmas time on the road
Some weird structures they call art
Offer me some flowers, such pretense

He could be anyone, he’s good with pretense
Swimming the English Channel as a challenge
Mixing medium for his esteem art
Winning prestigious award as a result
That was great! One for the road
And so we drive in the dark

Howling winds in the dark
A woman in a cloak her pretense
Walking with children on the road
Will they get sweets, as a challenge
They behave well as a result
Painting with their hands as art

Impressionism my favourite art
Colourful and vibrant instead of dark
With sunflowers and garden as a result
Lots of imagination with no pretense
And so, will you accept the challenge?
It’s best to keep your eyes on the road

For the love of art, please no more pretense
As the day gets dark, achieving is a challenge
And as a result, imagination on the road*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* Sestina


For: Day 12: Imagination Stands in the Road , Wordle 321 Oct 14 by brenda warren

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We’ve got the power

– Gerald Larocque

We’ve got the power vested in us
Us two brunettes and our mawkish we
A swain and a bombshell in melodious control
Control under the gibbous moon and fen a
Power to the Liliputian people, not corrupt
Corrupt others all gone, as we’ve got the power

Power of the pen as we write in our garage
Garage full of motivation and creative power
Don’t pester us with nonsense request
Request something useful but abuse us don’t
We may look ordinary but we’ve got the power
Power to control the world from us we*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* Mirror Sestet


For: Photo Challenge #185, Day 10 – Power and Control , Wordle #174


Sonnet of a play – Bonus Wordle – Shakespearian Style


apple boughs laden with gorgeous blossom
the land pleasant with cowslips and bluebells
as the clock strikes six, viol plays with drum
everything’s tinctured with humour she tells

pantomime villain enters with swagger
his clothes are sodden with strong musk oil
owls are hooting outside stained glass so blur
children playing outdoor messing with soil

time for the play to start, everyone’s in
theatre so packed, standing room only
in the middle of the play, actors grin
they argued, he says sorry with a plea

we’re taken to a land of make-believe
for two hours, plots and stories interweave*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* A Sonnet is a poem consisting of 14 lines (iambic pentameter) with a particular rhyming scheme:
A Shakespearean (English) sonnet has three quatrains and a couplet, and rhymes abab cdcd efef gg.
Usually, English Sonnet has 10 syllables per line.


For: Bonus Wordle – Shakespearian Style

Music Prompt #13: Snow Patrol – “Run” #musicchallenge #amwriting #music


You are a bright star in my struggle
I sigh and push my fringe back
You lighting up my road on my way
Lifting my spirit my good old Jack

I have no other star, just you
With you, my world is complete
On my way, you lighting up my road
With you by my side, isn’t life sweet?

We can weather the storm as I swirl
My hero, a mystery
You lighting up my road on my way
Then we can have a nice pot of tea

You are in charge of my light brigade
You hold the key to my heart
On my way, you lighting up my road
I cannot bear us to be apart*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017


* The ZaniLa Rhyme, a form created by Laura Lamarca, consists 4 lines per stanza.
The rhyme scheme for this form is abcb and a syllable count of 9/7/9/9 per stanza.
Line 3 contains internal rhyme and is repeated in each odd numbered stanza.
Even stanzas contain the same line but swapped.
The ZaniLa Rhyme has a minimum of 3 stanzas and no maximum poem length.

For: Music Prompt #13: Snow Patrol – “Run” #musicchallenge #amwriting #music , Wordle 320 Oct 7 by brenda warren , Sunday Writing Prompt #223


Sonnet XVI by Pablo Neruda

I love the handful of the earth you are.
Because of its meadows, vast as a planet,
I have no other star. You are my replica
of the multiplying universe

Your wide eyes, are the only light I know
from extinguished constellations;
your skin throbs like the streak
of a meteor through rain.

Your hips were that much of the moon for me;
your deep mouth and its delights, that much sun;
your heart, fiery with its long red rays,

was that much ardent light, like honey in the shade.
So I pass across your burning form, kissing
you – compact and planetary, my dove, my globe.

Someone is walking over my grave


Someone is walking over my grave
I could see a reflection of an imp
Cacophony of clandestine crave
I hate the subterfuge, being wimp

I could see a reflection of an imp
Fluttering over the crimson pyre
I hate the subterfuge, being wimp
Why could we be, as we were?

Fluttering over the crimson pyre
A favissa that the arkwright made
Why could we be, as we were?
Just have to forget all the charade

A favissa that the arkwright made
Cacophony of clandestine crave
Just have to forget all the charade
Someone is walking over my grave*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017


* The pantoum consists of a series of quatrains rhyming ABAB in which the second and fourth lines of a quatrain recur as the first and third lines in the succeeding quatrain; each quatrain introduces a new second rhyme as BCBC, CDCD. The first line of the series recurs as the last line of the closing quatrain, and third line of the poem recurs as the second line of the closing quatrain, rhyming ZAZA.

The design is simple:

Line 1
Line 2
Line 3
Line 4

Line 5 (repeat of line 2)
Line 6
Line 7 (repeat of line 4)
Line 8

Continue with as many stanzas as you wish, but the ending stanzathen repeats the second and fourth lines of the previous stanza (as its first and third lines), and also repeats the third line of the first stanza, as its second line, and the first line of the first stanza as its fourth. So the first line of the poem is also the last.

Last stanza:

Line 2 of previous stanza
Line 3 of first stanza
Line 4 of previous stanza
Line 1 of first stanza

For: Photo Challenge #183, Bonus Wordle

Sometimes life is like a fairy tale


Sometimes life is like a fairy tale
Or a joie de vivre with self-questioning
It’s how we sing with chime and deliver

We see and gasp life like solving a crime
We tilt our heads and argue for or against
Sometimes life is like a fairy tale

We feed it with love and compassion
We try our best and we shine through
Or a joie de vivre with self-questioning

We begin to understand what it is
And sometimes we get hurt and injured
It’s how we sing with chime and deliver*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017


* Cascade, a form created by Udit Bhatia, is all about receptiveness, but in a smooth cascading way like a waterfall. The poem does not have any rhyme scheme; therefore, the layout is simple. Say the first verse has three lines. Line one of verse one becomes the last line of verse two. To follow in suit, the second line of verse one becomes the last line of verse three. The third line of verse one now becomes the last line of verse four, the last stanza of the poem. See the structure example below:

a/b/c, d/e/A, f/g/B, h/i/C

For: Sunday Writing Prompt #222, Wordle 319 Sep 30 by brenda warren


FFfAW Challenge – Brace yourself for I’m cool

This week’s photo prompt is provided by shivamt25. Thank you shivamt25 for our prompt!

Brace yourself for I’m cool
Chasing my dream with hope
At the bottom is nope
Ding dong late for school
Faux-fur jacket to rule
Rebel kid my scope

Traffic at the crossroads
Having coffee with you
Enjoying a nice brew
Lock my bike with the codes
Chains and pens I’ve got loads
Then let’s go to the zoo

So cool with my glasses
This coffee gives me buzz*

(C) ladyleemanila 2017


* The HexSonnetta, created by Andrea Dietrich, consists of two six-line stanzas and a finishing rhyming couplet with the following set of rules:

Meter: Iambic Trimeter
Rhyme Scheme: a/bb/aa/b c/dd/cc/d ee

For: FFfAW Challenge-Week of September 26, 2017, Wordle 318 Sep 23 by brenda warren